Baby won't put anything in her mouth

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Baby won't put anything in her mouth
Sat, 11-27-2004 - 8:39pm

Does anyone have or had a baby that would not put anything in their mouth. My lovely baby will drink milk from a bottle, but never picks up toy, or cracker, cookie etc and puts it in her mouth. She has been diagonsed by an occupational therapist with sensory sensitivty and sees her twice a week. I was just wondering if there was anyone in the same situation or had anyone gone through this? My baby is also delayed in her motor skills/hypotonia and is going to physical therapy she is improving greatly with PT. The doctors still don't know what is causing this. Her speech is fine and she is right were she should be developmentally there.

Just wondering

Taja & Amira 12/10/03

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Registered: 11-01-2004
Sun, 11-28-2004 - 2:54pm

Hi there Taja, first of all WELCOME!



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Registered: 05-03-2003
Mon, 11-29-2004 - 11:46am

Thanks Rachel, for all your suppoet and info. I did read the book and have visited the website. Thanks so much!


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Registered: 11-16-2004
Mon, 11-29-2004 - 5:12pm
Hi there. I just wanted to say welcome, you are in the right place. Unfortunately we (like Rachel and Olivia) have had the opposite problem as well. Have you tried the WIllbarger oral defensiveness technique? I have never used it personally (I am an OT). Is she also tactile defensive? I would assume so, have you done brushing? I know how frustrating things like this can be. It does sound like she is making good progress though.
Marissa 5.5
Noah 2
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Mon, 11-29-2004 - 5:53pm

Taja, will she put anything at all in her mouth?



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Mon, 11-29-2004 - 9:44pm

Hi Taja,

My dd has extreme tactile defensiveness and for a long time she would not pick up and put any food in her mouth either. This started when she was a baby and I first tried to give her cheerios. She would pick them up and analyze them but never put them in her mouth. After a while when I made a big deal of feeding them to her, she eventually figured out they were food and slowly began eating them. She NEVER put anything in her mouth as a baby, no toys, tags, fingers, etc. She is now 20 months and still has never picked up anything and put it in her mouth. My neighbor used to get so stressed because we would be taking the girls for a walk and her dd (only 4 months younger than my dd) would pick up every rock, every twig, every bug (ugh), and put it in her mouth for exploration while my dd would just walk along and majorly avoid all those things. Even now if I offer any new kind of finger food, she will slowly put it towards her mouth and barely taste it first. She doesn't do well in the biting department to bite off pieces so we still have to break up most of her food.

Oh yeah, and teething was a nightmare because she would NEVER use a teething ring or want anything in her mouth! I just thought it was because she started teething so young (2 her first two bottom teeth at 3 months) but as she grew, she still refused to put anything in her mouth to chew on while teething (she got all 16 teeth including 4 molars at ONCE by the time she was 11 months old).

Shanna & Makenna (20 months)

Edited 11/29/2004 9:46 pm ET ET by shannagrice
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Thu, 12-02-2004 - 11:51pm

Hi Taja:

My now eighteen-month-old son Adam also would not put anything into his mouth. He would never mouth toys during the typical period and would not accept anything to teeth on. He used a pacified for his first seven weeks of his life until he was hospitalized for surgery. He had the pacifier in his mouth constantly during the hospital stay and then rejected it and would never put anything into his mouth for an extremely long time. He had a problem with reflux after that and projectile vomiting which our feeding therapist believes has something to do with it.

After having feeding therapy twice a week, he finally started putting food into his mouth on his own at sixteen months. He is still a picky eater and won't eat certain textures. He still has major issues biting pieces off and I still have to cut everything up for him to eat in small pieces. It is interesting because at about the same time he started to self-feed he also started mouthing toys. He went through a phase of about two months where he would mouth toys and now it is dying down. I think he was also teething majorly then.

It does take a lot of time and patience to get them over this, but it can happen.